Traditional chiefs essential elements in fighting HIV/AIDS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2016 17:24

The National Aids Council (NAC) says it will continue to work with traditional chiefs in the fight against HIV and AIDS as they can influence behavioural change among their subjects.

The country is taking various initiatives to fight HIV and AIDS with the major goal being to end new infections by 2030.

This requires concerted efforts from stakeholders and in this light, NAC recently held a workshop with the chiefs council in Masvingo where they discussed ways of promoting behavioural change.

NAC director of communications Mrs Madeline Dube said a recent research revealed that new infections are being recorded among young women between 15 and 24 and men between the ages of 45 and 59.

The trends suggest that the older men are approaching the young women hence there is need for the traditional leaders to come in and promote good moral behaviour, says Mrs Dube.

President of the chiefs council Chief Fortune Charumbira said there is no substitute for good moral behaviour in fighting HIV and AIDS, calling on people to be faithful to their partners.

Chief Chiduku says the role played by commercial sex workers needs to be properly addressed if new HIV infections are to be stopped.

Meanwhile, NAC is also working on providing farming inputs to traditional leaders for the Zunde Ramambo Programme to enable them assist families affected by HIV and AIDS with food.

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